Gage Averill
Music
Wesleyan University

yo soy hechicero challenges many stereotypes about Afro-Cuban religion (Santerķa or the Regla de Ocha), including those of some of its advocates, reminding us that Santerķa, like Catholicism or Buddhism, has many regional and personal-idiosyncratic variants.

I was intrigued by the mediated use of music in ceremonies, by the rare glimpse provided by the film into family conflicts over religious belief, and by the fascinating mixture of the "exotic" and the mundane, a mix coming more and more to characterize urban (and suburban!) life in late 20th-century America.